A rotting corpse was found in a trash-filled pond on Friday morning in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district after villagers driving by noticed the putrid smell, said Theng Kosal, the Choam Chao commune police chief.
Two villagers spotted the body face-down and pulled it out of the water at about 10 a.m., only to find its waist tied to a large piece of concrete, he said.
Alerted by the villagers, police and a court doctor arrived at the scene to perform an examination that concluded the middle-aged man died from head trauma caused by a blunt object and was thrown into the pond a few days ago.
“When the court doctor examined the body, he found the victim’s head was probably hit many times by a big stick,” Mr. Kosal said, adding that police brought the body to Wat Kuok Chambak pagoda.
He was pessimistic about identifying the victim or finding out who killed him.
“It’s hard to find the suspect because the victim’s body has decomposed,” he said.